Bulldogs And French Bulldogs Yeast Infection Skin & Ears

By: Dr. Roy Kraemer |
DVM, Bulldog Specialist Veterinarian

If you are the proud owner of an English or French Bulldog, there is a good chance that you lived or lived the “Funky Moldy Musty Yeast Bully” experience. This pesky, smelly organism can commonly be found in your bully

  • EARS
  • SKINFOLDS: face, tail, vagina, skin surface, toes, and nails
  • SKIN
Yeasty Bulldog and French Bulldog
  • How is it there?
  • How is it diagnosed?
  • How does it manifest?
  • How can we rid our bulldog of it?

Yeast infections pose a common and frustrating challenge for numerous bulldog owners.


The culprit is Malassezia, a naturally harmless organism on a dog’s skin and ear; however, overgrowth, triggered by various factors, can lead to infections.


Several factors can transform yeast from its natural, harmless state into an infectious state.

Bully Yeast Infection Due to Compromised Skin Barrier:

Allergic reactions, skin fold dermatitis, and other skin conditions can disrupt the protective skin barrier, creating an environment for Malassezia overgrowth.

Bully Yeast Infection Due to Moisture Dampness and Warmth:

Yeast overgrowth is common in areas that are poorly ventilated, moist, and damp.

  • SKINFOLDS: The facial folds, interdigital space, nasal and vaginal folds, and tail pockets create warm, moist environments ideal for yeast growth.
  • EAR CANAL: Inflamed and infected bulldog ear canals can lead to excess wax production and compromised ear canal ventilation that leads to dampness.

Bully Yeast Infection Due to Underlying Medical Conditions:

  • Hormonal imbalances
    • Diabetes
    • Hypothyroid
    • Cushing Syndrome
  • Keratinization problems
  • Immune system suppression
    • Chronic stress
    • Autoimmune disease
    • Chronic illness
    • Poor nutrition
  • Drugs:
    • Immune-suppressant drugs
    • Certain medications can contribute to yeast overgrowth.

Bulldog Yeast Infection Diagnosis:

  1. Scraping: Confirming the presence of Malassezia and distinguishing it from other causes of inflammation can be achieved through a microscopic examination of skin or ear scrapings.
  2. Cytology: In some cases, additional tests like cytology may be necessary for a more detailed analysis of skin or ear cells.

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Symptoms of Bulldog Yeast Infections:

  • Itching: Intense itching of the skin, ears, skin folds, and affected areas is a common sign.
  • Skin Changes: Redness, inflammation, scaling, thickening, and darkening of the skin can occur.
  • Ear Problems: Head shaking, ear rubbing, ear odor, and discharge are typical symptoms of otitis externa (ear infection).
  • Musty Odor: A characteristic “yeasty” or “funky” odor is often present.
  • Discoloration: skin and ear color change to red, dark, and brown
  • Dry or Oily Skin: Saborrhea olsa or sicca
  • Flaky and Scaly
  • Thicken elephant-like skin

Bulldog Yeast Infections: PREVENT & CARE:

Many of the common bulldog yeast infections can be prevented by non-prescription bully supplements and therapeutic topicals 


  • V4B Yeasty Bully Ear Rinse
  • V4B Yeasy Bully Antiseptic Shampoo
  • V4B Yeasty Bully Waterless Gel

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  • V4B Bully Fish Oil EFA skin-immune-joint
  • V4B Bully Skin & Coat Derma Care
  • V4B Bully Immune Support Formula
  • V4B Bully StressLess and Calm
  • V4B Bully Comfort & AcheLess
  • V4B Bully Pre and Probiotics: Your bulldog’s gut bacteria imbalance can directly affect your bulldog’s skin health. Prebiotics and probiotics like Dr. Kraemers V4B Probiotics Plus can help support a healthy gut and thus help heal a skin condition.

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  1. Topical RX: drops, deposits, and antifungal creams
  2. Oral Medications: In severe or recurrent cases, oral antifungal medications might be prescribed.
  3. Steroids: to help reduce itch, pain and swelling 
  4. Antibiotics: help control bacterial infection
  5. Pain RX: for pain control

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Yeast Infection FINAL NOTES:

Addressing underlying causes is crucial for long-term prevention.

Maintaining clean and dry skin folds and ears through regular cleaning can help prevent yeast growth.

By comprehending the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for yeast infections, you can contribute to your bulldog’s health and comfort.

Remember, vigilance in maintaining skin and ear health is key to prevention.

Dr. R. J. Kraemer:  With a specialization in Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and other Brachycephalic breeds, Dr. Kraemer has dedicated his career to educating the bulldog community about the unique medical and surgical requirements of the breed. These encompass preventive care and wellness, customized anesthesia, and employing a multimodal approach to address their unique medical conditions.

Some of the breed-specific medical issues he focuses on include

Airway obstructive disease

Orthopedics tailored for bulldogs

Ear canal disease preventive care

Skin and allergy management

Skinfold Dermatitis

Eyes and eyelid abnormalities

Pain and stress control

As a leading provider of cutting-edge regenerative and alternative medicine, Dr. Kraemer offers services such as stem cell therapy, laser treatments, and PRP. Additionally, he maintains a longstanding relationship with Bulldog Rescue, contributing funds and providing shelter, medical, and surgical services for their bulldogs.

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